Monday 29 July 2019


Mydriasis (medical definition); Mydriasis is the dilation of the pupil, usually having a non-physiological cause, or sometimes a physiological pupillary reaction. Non-physiological causes of mydriasis include disease, trauma, or the use of drugs.
Mydriasis (musical definition); "Mydriasis" is the new album by Australian quartet Comacozer, a scintillating collection of instrumental jams drenched in lysergic colours and textures that could cause, even in minor cases, not only dilation of the pupils but also the mind.

Since Comacozer's last full length musical outing "Kalos Eidos Skopeo" there has been a subtle change in personnel with James Heyligers filling, full time, the space temporarily held by, Mother Mars/Frozen Planet 1969's, Frank Attard on synth and effects. Comacozer's spacey instrumental grooves were already pretty cosmic, thanks to Rick Burke's swirling guitar textures, Rich Elliot's mix of grumbling and liquid low end and Andrew Panagopoulos' percussive blend of restraint and power, but Heyligers inclusion seems to have honed things to a fine edge. Where Comacozer's music previously saw them touching at the edges of the known universe with Heyligers, twisting the dials and pushing the keys, the band seem to have pushed out past the Kuyper Belt into infinity and beyond. There is a darker edge to the three songs that make up "Mydriasis", an edge that has always been there but this time around has been pushed further to the front  The bands jams have always been a little like travelling through space while dropping acid but previously the onus has been on the awe and wonder of witnessing a universe wrapped in a kaleidoscope of colours but on the tracks "Mydriasis","Tryptamine" and "Kykeon Journey" those colours get a little darker, a little more intense and a little bit scarier, still a heady vivid trip but one vignetted with shades of a more monochrome hue.

Comacozer have often used eastern themes to enhance their instrumental experimentations and this has often resulted in the bands music having a spiritual almost meditative feel, on "Mydriasis" however the band seem to be approaching that spirituality from a slightly different angle, an intriguing and exciting angle that Desert Psychlist hopes the band explore more on future releases.
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